TODAY IN BLACK HISTORY: William Sanders Scarborough born February 16, 1852

 February 16, 1852 William Sanders Scarborough, generally believed to be the first African American classical scholar, was born enslaved in Macon, Georgia. Despite prohibitions against educating enslaved black children, Scarborough learned to read and write by the age of ten. He earned his bachelor’s degree with honors in classics in 1875 and his Master of Arts degree from Oberlin College.

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